A Redhead talks of Romance

Posted in Second Life, SL, Uncategorized, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by RedLexi

Strawberry’s Berry blogger challenge asks us to talk about the question “What is Romance?”

There is no simple way to describe romance. Romance is so many things tangible and intangible. Its private and personal, gentle touches and sweet thoughts . Other times Romance is grinning like a loon, catching snowflakes on its tongue and screaming love songs from the rooftops. Romance weakens the strong, strengthens the weak,  makes fools become wise, and makes wise men into fools.  It enhances and humbles all that it touches.

Romance is your own soul dancing simply because someone else exists.

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2010 by RedLexi
Its been a interesting few months for the Brocade Tiger. Circumstances have required me to give up my beloved large store and land and move to a new and more intimate (tiny) location. You can now find the entire Brocade Tiger’s men’s wear line at the Celebration Mall.

In spite of the move or perhaps to honor it,  the Brocade Tiger line brings you my lastest vision….

Bolero in Black Snake

This black snake skin men’s ensemble is fierce, With a high collared, bolero jacket and some fringe at the bottom hem. The modifiable snake skin pants are form fitting and lace sexily up one leg. Perfect with boots.

This is just one hot outfit that shows lots of skin in a unique way. The sheer shirt has a vee neck and cool snakeskin pattern as well or it can be worn with the jacket collar for a different look.
If you want something different and still want to exude sexiness, this is the outfit for it.

Drop by Brocade Tiger and see what we have for you.

So Much For Optimism

Posted in Second Life, SL, Uncategorized, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by RedLexi

Whew. It is really amazing how fast the new year went from an optimistic “it’s going to be better” to  “Oh my god will i survive this?”.

The few that know me have noticed I am hardly ever around SL these days.  I am alive…and breathing and still in fine health so that is good. However I really can’t say my Real Life has been to good lately.

Some very drastic lifestyle changes have occurred and the past couple months have seen huge drains on my time and my creative spirit. Even when I do get a few moments to sit down at the computer I have been to tired and frazzled to do more than read email.

I have not given up yet tho. This is still the year of the Tiger and I will be working on my store and my SL. I miss my peaceful quiet home. I miss my SL muse….but I shall carry on. I will be back.

The Silent Admiral, or Violator In Space

Posted in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, Sl fashion with tags , , , on January 21, 2010 by RedLexi

Sometimes there is clothing you just wear, but this not the case when your body is draped in something created by Violator. This is not just clothing, this is wearable artwork. I only hope to be half as famous as this designer someday.

As I transported myself around the seedy space ports and glorious galaxy sims of Second life in search of a proper place to shoot a photo of such out of this world clothing, I kept receiving IMs from complete strangers. “Neat Outfit” “Love the costume” “Where did you get that?” It really was difficult to keep up the image of a “Silent Admiral” when people keep insisting that you talk and give them the name and space port location of your tailor’s flagship.

Surely you want to know too. This stunningly unique Space Glam design called the “Silent Admiral” is the mind’s work of the every so creative Soraya Vaher and can be found at the Violator Headquarters.

Design wise its a very unique outfit. The red panels and graceful flexi-spikes that adorn the outfit give it shape and motion that begs to be photographed. It’s also easy to wear. I am a slender avatar and I was able to get the belt and long coat to fit me with very minor adjustments. The long coat is not required to worn, removing it gives the outfit a slightly more casual and less “evil warlord” appeal.

While on the topic of evil, I have to also mention these boots.

These are the “GridRunner” boots and they are not to be worn by the faint of heart. You can lose blood wearing these boots, those graceful looking curved spikes are mighty sharp. But then nobody ever said fashion was meant to be safe.

2010…..Thank Goodness You Are Here.

Posted in Second Life, SL, Uncategorized, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by RedLexi

Whew. I do not think I can ever recall a year I wanted to see end more then 2009.  This last week I was honestly counting the days, eager for it to be over already. If ever there has been a time  I was desperate for a new beginning, this was it.

My Second Life was pretty dramatic this year. Some of  the highlights and low points included…

  • I was fired from the job that supported me in SL and so had to get back into clothing design to pay for my fees.
  • I met the love of my Second Life and fell for him harder and trusted him more deeply then I ever imagined possible.
  • I became friends with designers, artists and top models that I formally would have been far to shy to even speak to.
  • I had a huge,  beautiful wedding.
  • I became a Top model myself.
  • I got to see my own clothing in a fashion show for the first time.
  • I won first place in a designers contest then had the win ruined by complaints, confused judges, ill counted votes and general nastiness.
  • I had private RL things discovered and wielded against me by those who I thought were friends.
  • I got invited to take part in the 2010 clothing Fair as a designer.
  • I slowly lost the love of my SL life to a horrible RL illness.
  • I was the victim of  perhaps the meanest trick i have ever had played on me in my life. In or out of SL.

I have learned so much this year. I have learned that no matter how famous someone is, they are still people and are likely thrilled to talk about what they do to someone that is truly interested  I have learned that even if they are often quiet,  when i need them I have a few fantastic friends who are willing and able to pick me up off the floor, dust me off and help me stand again.  I have learned that SL love can be very dangerous to your heart and health. I now know that if the story sounds to good or bad to be true then it might well be just that…a story. I have realized that I am very strong, very talented and that this coming year is the Chinese year of the Tiger.

All in all, thank goodness 2009 is done.

I am The Brocade Tiger….and this is going to be my year.

There is a Last Time for Everything…

Posted in Second Life, SL, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by RedLexi

Well, those of you that know me have already heard  that my beloved Partner, Genie Sorbet died in the real world this weekend.

He had been at the end stages of what he called “The Dread Illness” and for the past month he and I both knew whenever he logged out of Second life, it might well be the last time we saw each other.  We talked about it once and got our shared tears and sorrow out of the way..then vowed to not talk about it again. Instead when he logged in, I would drop everything and go be with him to have fun. Our times were pretty rare because he was often tired, but we had a grand time whenever he could. We made love, we walked thou beautiful sims, we scuba dived, I even got my British beloved  to don a cowboy hat and go line dancing  with me.  And snuggles, there was so many times just filled with cuddles and kisses and talks.  I took photos of everything, seemed I was always snapping pictures of him, of us. . …I knew I was going to lose him someday and I so wanted to capture every memory.

Sadly, this week the dreaded someday finally came. Last Weds, Dec 9th, he came on and spent a couple good hours with me. We went out dancing and listened to a live comedic singer who made him laugh till his sides ached.  Afterwords he was tired but wanted a bit of time just to be held before he called it a night.  We found a place on the beach and he settled on my lap, head resting on my shoulder. Then we talked awhile,  just gentle peaceful talk as lovers will do. When he logged out that night, he was still curled into my arms. As always….I took a photo. This turned out to be  his last moments on Second life….and he spent them in my arms.

Somehow the romantic, sappiness of that poetic ending would have made him smile. He always did love when we were overly sappy and silly.

We exchanged an email and he left some comments on my fliker pages after that night, but we never talked in real time again. On Sunday night, Dec 13th, Andreas, the person and soul behind the Avatar called Genie went peacefully to sleep and never woke again.

Second Life may be “just a game” but what a game it is. It allowed a dieing man and a lonely man to find  each other and give to each other what they could not have in real life. I was so very lucky to have and hold Genie in this virtual world and though I will not speak to him again in this lifetime, I shall be forever changed by having known his gentle, peaceful soul. He has made me a better person.

Sweet Sleep m’love.

Ever Yours.

Lex ❤

The Redhead Evolution

Posted in Second Life, SL, sl Model, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by RedLexi

Hold on to your video card…this post is going to be photo heavy. I started Second Life back in early 2006, before there was such a thing as Flexi hair. Men’s styles were nearly unheard of and if you could find something  prim that did not look to girlish, it was a blessing. I am a confirmed hair collector and nearly all of it is red, but i will be merciful and only show the collection highlights.

Like most guys back then, I started with the system hair. It was red of course and long. I have always been a long haired red head, even back then. So…this was my hair of choice back in 2-06, a LL original.

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The hunt began soon after. I knew I wanted a long hair with out braids or curls or other girly sort of style flair. This was surprisingly hard to find. At last I tracked down my very first Prim hair. Created by HTC (Here Comes Trouble) back in “05” it was a style called “The Warrior”and was made for men. It didn’t work.  I got called “miss” and “she” a lot in this hair. That had me shopping again fast.

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There were many trys and fails but this next  hair I stuck with awhile. It was made for women, but I liked it and some people could even guess I was a guy (Male skins were way worse back then.) It was created in late ’06” by Goldie Locks and was called the “teased hair”. It was my style until the flexhair arrived.

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Hair that moves!  I went broke. Designers were not all instantly talented with flexi…but I didn’t care. Flowing hair! I bought stuff.  Like this long haired wonder by (Belive it or not) Cake.

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And this nice ruffian look by Goldie Locks again.

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Cake was the winner to me  tho and I spent a great deal of  money in their store and a long time in SL wearing their styles …even going fully over the top with this wonder by Cake called “Riven”. I got mistaken for a girl in this hair a lot too but it was so fun to wear and moved so grandly I did not really care.

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By now  I was starting to think I had a decent and somewhat unique personal style going. It was mid to late ’07” and I thought it was time to try my hand at a SL modeling career.

Casting call after casting call i went to. Some of them I would be the only guy not picked. I had noticed I was half the size of these guys, with a realistic build instead of the refrigerator with a head build. I also noticed I was the only red head and the only long hair at these auditions but surely that would work in my favor. Right? Right??!

Wrong. I was repeatedly told to lose the red hair, go with a short style and bulk up my avatar. I settled for one out of 3 and for awhile…*gasp*… I cut my hair. This look the “001 hair”  by B R LY1 N became my first choice for casting calls.

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As well as this little Full Perm charmer, the “Rebel” by “Boo Hoo” for days when I was feeling a bit resentful about the whole having to cut my hair in order to model requirement.

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Hadn’t anyone looked at the covers of any romance novels? Nearly all those guys had long hair.  Lucky for me, a little upstart Modeling agency called “Opium” agreed to hire me, long red hair, slim body and all. Feeling more validated, i started sliding back into the long styles. Short hair is just not me. It was about then I discovered Calico and spent alot more money.  The “Connor” by Calico ….

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And the “Fossarius” also by Calico were my main hairstyles when I was not on the runway.

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Recently however…they have all been replaced by my latest love, The “Stone Fox” by Exile. This may well be the hair I have been looking for all along. But then I have thought that before.

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Well..thats the history of my glorious red hair. Now..if you all will excuse me, its time for my beauty sleep. All this writing  and hair styling has just worn me right out.